OIL & GAS: A peer-reviews study finds natural gas can be as bad for the climate as coal if even a fraction of a percentage of it leaks from pipeline infrastructure, furthering doubts about its viability as a “bridge fuel” from coal to renewables. (New York Times)

• The U.S. broke its record in April for exporting liquified natural gas, threatening both domestic and international goals for cutting carbon emissions. (Canary Media)
• States are struggling to use federal funding to plug oil and gas wells, saying staffing shortages are extending timelines and raising costs. (E&E News)
• Multiple workers in the oil and gas industry have died or sustained long-term health conditions from opening tanks in a practice known as manual gauging, which is still not regulated by any federal laws or rules. (Drilled/Guardian)
• An Ohio commission is considering multiple applications to drill for natural gas beneath state parks. (Energy News Network)

• Building efficiency improvements could reduce customer costs by tens of billions of dollars by 2050, a electrification advocacy group finds. (Utility Dive)
• A Chicago suburb is set to become the first municipality in the Midwest to ban natural gas in new construction, after passing a new city ordinance in June. (Daily Herald)

CLIMATE: U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says he won’t make “concessions” on greenhouse gas emissions with China as he visits the country next week to resume climate talks. (Politico)

• The Biden administration announces a $45 million boost to support domestic solar component manufacturing. (Utility Dive)
• Louisiana nonprofits move forward on projects to provide solar panels and batteries to restaurants, churches, health clinics and other spaces so they can quickly recover after storm-induced outages. (NOLA.com)

WIND: Ambitious plans to build offshore wind facilities along the East Coast face supply chain problems, surging costs, permitting delays and other obstacles that could delay their construction. (States Newsroom)

CLEAN ENERGY: Wind and solar projects are on track to supply more than a third of the world’s electricity by 2030, a report finds. (Reuters)

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers relaunch the House Climate Solutions Caucus, which largely dissolved in 2018. (E&E News)
Navajo Nation advocates clash with tribal leaders during a U.S. House committee hearing on Republican legislation that would rescind an oil and gas leasing ban around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (Cronkite News)

FINANCE: National nonprofit financial institutions will get the majority of the Biden administration’s $20 billion in climate financing funds, with the rest headed to smaller organizations. (The Hill)

CARBON CAPTURE: A politically diverse movement — ranging from Indigenous activists to far-right conspiracy theorists — is forming in opposition to carbon dioxide pipelines in South Dakota. (Brookings Register)

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